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John Cadman, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941) by Ivan Opffer, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cadman, John, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941), mining engineer and industrialist, was born on 7 September 1877 at The Villas, in the north Staffordshire mining village of Silverdale, the eldest son of James Cope Cadman (1851–1914) and his wife, Betty, née Keeling (d...

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Hatch, Frederick Henry (1864–1932), geologist and mining engineer, was born on 7 March 1864 at 7 Westbourne Park Place, Bayswater, London, eldest son in the London family of five sons and two daughters born illegitimately to Henry Hatch (1817–1885) of Oxford, boot- and shoemaker (later merchant, draper, Liberal councillor, and lessee of the ...

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James, Warren (1792–1841), miners' leader, was born near Whitecroft in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, in July 1792, the fourth son, and sixth of nine children, of Warren James (1751–1809), a miner, and his wife, Ann Kear (1755–1836). Little is known of his early life. The family was impoverished and lived in a cottage built upon encroached wasteland. ...

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Jeffcock, Parkin (1829–1866), mining engineer, was born at Cowley Manor on 27 October 1829, the second child and elder son of John Jeffcock of Cowley, Derbyshire, and his wife, Catherine, née Parkin. Although at first intended for Oxford and the church, he was articled in 1850, after some training at the ...

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Layden, Sir John [Jack] (1926–1996), miner and local politician, was born at 7 Millicent Square, Maltby, Rotherham, Yorkshire, on 16 January 1926, the second of three sons of Thomas Henry Layden, miner, of Maltby, and his wife, Annie, née Peach. Jack, as he was always known, received his elementary education at ...

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Oats, Francis (1848–1918), mining engineer and authority on diamonds, was born on 24 October 1848 at South Torfrey Farm, Golant, near Fowey, Cornwall, the elder child of Francis Oats (1796–1874), farmer, and his wife, Marion, née Rundle (b. 1810). About 1854 his family moved to ...

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Phillips, John Arthur (1822–1887), mining engineer and metallurgist, was born on 18 February 1822 at Polgooth, near St Austell, Cornwall, the son of John Phillips (1793–1851), mineral agent, and his wife, Prudence Gavid (b. 1795). He was educated at a private school at ...

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Robert Brough Smyth (1830–1889) by George Gordon McCrae, 1880s by permission of the National Library of Australia R8321

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Smyth [formerly Smith], Robert Brough (1830–1889), civil servant and mining engineer, was born on 18 February 1830 at Carville, near Wallsend, Northumberland, the son of Edward Smith, coal viewer (or mining engineer), and his wife, Elizabeth, née Brough. He was baptized at ...

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Smyth, Sir Warington Wilkinson (1817–1890), mining engineer and geologist, was born at San Giovanni in the kingdom of Naples on 28 August 1817, the eldest son of William Henry Smyth (1788–1865), then a captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Annarella Warington (1788–1873)...

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Taylor, Hugh (1789–1868), land agent and estate commissioner, was born on 22 November 1789 at Shilbottle Lodge, Newburn, Northumberland, the fourth, but third surviving, son of Thomas Taylor (d. 1810) of Newburn, farmer and mineral agent to Hugh Percy, duke of Northumberland...

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Wood, Nicholas (1795–1865), civil and mining engineer, was born at the farm of Daniel at Sourmires in the parish of Ryton, co. Durham, on 24 April 1795, the son of Nicholas Wood, tenant farmer. He was of a delicate constitution in early life, and lived with his uncle at ...